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Best Place to Do Something for Free

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

They say that the best things in life are free. Finding those free things, however, can sometimes be a challenge. Thankfully, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts offers plenty of enjoyable free events throughout the year (in addition to being a space that has free admission!). Of all of its regular happenings, Third Thursdays is always a safe bet for fun. Each monthly installment celebrates something going on in the Twin Cities or complements a current show at the museum. Past Third Thursday parties have featured bike-friendly activities on a warm summer evening, a runway show during Minneapolis-St. Paul Fashion Week, and literature-themed games with folks from Paper Darts magazine. Each shindig also boasts live music from local bands and a cash bar.

Best Make-Out Spot (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Museum (2013) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Museum Exhibition (2013) "Rembrandt in America" at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best View (2012) Minneapolis skyline from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2007) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2010) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM EXHIBITION (2010) "The Louvre and the Masterpiece," Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST SIGN OF SPRING (2010) Art in Bloom at Minneapolis Institute of Arts

BEST MUSEUM (2008) Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Best Way to Spend $5 (2017) Minneapolis Institute of Art

Best Neighborhood Longfellow

Best Place to Take Out-of-Town Guests The Endless Bridge at the Guthrie Theater

Best Tourist Attraction Walnut Grove

Best Historical Site Split Rock Lighthouse

Best Cemetery Pioneers and Soldiers Cemetery

Best State Fair Food Classic Walleye Roll at Giggles Campfire Grill

Best Festival Northern Spark

Best Trans-Friendly Event Cirque Du So Gay Bike Ride

Best Planetarium ExploraDome (Bell Museum)

Best Charity GiveMN

Best Undiscovered Neighborhood Keewaydin

Best Sign of Spring Nice Ride returns

Best First-Date Spot A midnight movie at the Uptown Theatre

Best Breakup Spot The corner of Franklin and Hennepin avenues

Best Place to Run into Your Ex The Depot Tavern

Best Place to See a Fistfight Cowboy Jack's

Best Website Minnesota Historical Society

Best Blog Bluestem Prairie

Best Facebook Page Old Minneapolis

Best Hipster Neighborhood North Loop

Best Tweeter David Brauer

Best Politician Branden Petersen

Best Mayor Minneapolis's mayoral wannabees

Best Unlikely Activist Chris Kluwe

Best Local Girl Made Good Cheryl Strayed

Best Local Boy Made Good Denis McDonough

Best Scandal DRE Drug Scandal

Best Boondoggle St. Paul Crime Lab

Best Villain Archbishop John Nienstedt

Best Corner 43rd Street and Nicollet Avenue

Best Street Nicollet Avenue

Best Lake Powderhorn Lake

Best View Indian Mounds Park

Best People-Watching The Chain of Lakes

Best Bus Route Route 16

Best Viral Video "Hot Cheetos and Takis"